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Stoke Gabriel

Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel is located in Devon
Stoke Gabriel
 Stoke Gabriel shown within Devon
Population 1,107 
OS grid reference
District South Hams
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TOTNES
Postcode district TQ9
Dialling code 01803 782 ---
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Totnes
List of places
UK
England
Devon
Stoke Gabriel - the bay beyond the mill pond
Stoke Gabriel

is a village and parish in Devon, England, situated on a creek of the River Dart. The village is a popular tourist destination in the South Hams and is famous for its mill pond and crab fishing (known colloquially as crabbing). It is equidistant from Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes, and has a population of approximately 1,200, reducing slightly to 1,107 at the 2011 census.[1] The village is the major part of the electoral ward of East Dart. The ward population at the abovementioned census was 1,877.[2]

Fisherman probably first came to Stoke Gabriel to fish salmon and gain access to the River Dart. The village has an approximately 1,000-year-old yew tree in the churchyard of The Church of St Mary and St Gabriel, a church which has stood since Norman times. Legend has it that if you walk backwards ten times round the yew's main stem you will be granted a wish.

Stoke Gabriel was the birthplace of the football club Stoke Gabriel A.F.C.'s ground.

The village has two public houses; The Church House Inn and The Castle Inn. Until relatively recently there were three pubs. The other being The Victoria and Albert Inn. The Church House Inn was built to accommodate the masons who constructed the church and also served as the courthouse. The old stocks can be seen outside the inn today.

Stoke Gabriel is the template for the fictional village of Thornford Regis in C. C. Benison's crime novels Twelve Drummers Drumming and Eleven Pipers Piping.

References

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "East Dart ward 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

External links

  • Stoke Gabriel online
  • Stoke Gabriel Football Club
  • Stoke Gabriel Cricket Club
  • Stoke Gabriel Pre-School


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